JC Spock is a mixed media artist who specializes in nostalgic art with a contemporary edge. Each painting incorporates multiple layers of acrylic paints, inks, pastels and vintage ephemera (letters, ledgers, postcards and other authentic documents) with her own photography to create vintage inspired works of art. The artist is inspired by the architecture of old, rusty and abandoned structures and objects as well as architectural elements in nature. Creating art that speaks to a bygone era in a modern way is at the core of JC’s work and she is particularly drawn to the imagery and history of the Midwest/West.
Process: Each piece begins with a photograph that JC has taken and post-processed. She then begins to research the history of the location, structure or era and gathers related vintage documents from the 1800s and early 1900s. JC has amassed a large collection of authentic antique and vintage documents and photos over the last 10 years through hundreds of hours scouring antique shops, online boutiques specializing in ephemera and estate sales. When additional ephemera is needed to tell the story of a piece, JC will occasionally utilize images sourced through libraries, historical societies and the public domain. She then prints and mounts her photos on wood panels that have been prepped with layers of collaged papers and acrylic paints. More layers of acrylics, inks, vintage ephemera, pastels and pencils are added to create a seamless image and to complete the piece. Finally, the piece is sealed with a proprietary mix of mediums and varnishes that JC has created to resemble the look of an encaustic painting (though is cured/non-porous). With the Life in the 30s series, the process remains the same, however, the main imagery utilizes photos captured in the 1930s by the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression.